A group of tourists sits in a bus that is passing through gorgeously beautiful country; lakes and mountains and green fields and rivers. But the shades of the bus are pulled down. They do not have the slightest idea of what lies beyond the windows of the bus. And all the time of their journey is spent in squabbling over who will have the seat of honor in the bus, who will be applauded, who will be well considered. And so they remain till the journey’s end.

Source: Anthony De Mello, The Way to Love: Meditations for Life
(Random House Canada, 2011) page 3


“What will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life?”
Matthew 16:26

“We are perishing for lack of wonder, not for lack of wonders.”G.K. Chesterton


A group of tourists is sitting in a bus.  They’re passing through the most gorgeous countryside.  the drapes are drawn in the bus, so nobody sees a thing.  And what do you think the people inside are doing?  They’re fast asleep, some of them, and others are quarrelling about who’s the best dressed woman on the bus.  Who’s the guy who’s sitting in the best seat on the bus?  And so it goes on to the journey’s end.  None of them has seen anything of this gorgeous countryside.

Source | Anthony de Mello, Rediscovering Life. Page 123.


Very few people actually live because very few people actually see! Many go through the amazing and magnificent countryside called “life” with the drapes drawn, yawning at life, never curious and enthused, wasting time instead on non consequential peripherals!